Public Health Ontario has issued recommendations for the wearing of masks for workers that are not working in healthcare settings. Highlights include:
- Masks can be worn for the purpose of source control, protecting others in close proximity to the wearer by preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses to others.
- Where physical distancing is not possible or where workers have frequent or close contact with the public, a policy to use either medical or non-medical masks may offer some source control. Cloth masks may provide slightly more source control than no mask. However, while masking, meticulous hand hygiene is crucial to avoid self-inoculation from face touching.
- A COVID-19 exposure risk assessment for workers can aid employers considering a policy on masking for source control.
- If pursued, masking for source control needs to be an adjunct to a comprehensive strategy to minimize worker exposure risk.
- In the current context of PPE shortages associated with COVID-19, it is vital that medical masks be conserved for use in healthcare settings. Therefore, non-medical masks (e.g., cloth masks) are preferred in most situations where masking is for source control.
The full document can be found on the Public Health Ontario website here: Download
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